Tewatia shines in topsy-turvy game

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Gujarat Titans (GT) began their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 campaign with a 5-wicket victory against the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) on Monday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. 

LSG batting first had a terrible start as skipper KL Rahul was caught behind off the very first delivery, courtesy of a peach from Mohammed Shami, who also accounted for Quinton de Kock. 

Evin Lewis fell to a sensational running catch in the outfield and LSG were struggling at the end of the powerplay at 32-4. 

Deepak Hooda (55) and Ayush Badoni (54) began the rebuilding phase in the middle overs. The Super Giants ended with a competitive total of 158-6 on board in the first innings. 

Mohammad Shami starred with the ball and scalped three wickets before the Titans batters made valuable contributions at the death and held their nerve in a tricky run-chase.  

The Gujarat Titans had a tricky start in their attempt to chase a target of 159 as they lost two early wickets. Shubman Gill was dismissed for a duck after the opener was caught by Hooda off Dushmantha Chameera. 

The seamer scalped his second wicket by launching the delivery right in the block-hole to dismiss Vijay Shankar. The Titans were 44-2 at the end of the powerplay. 

At the end of 13 overs GT were 91-4 with Rahul Tewatia and David Miller at the crease. Hooda conceded 22 runs in the next over after both Miller and Tewatia smashed a four and a six each. The next over was no different for LSG as Tewatia continued his fireworks and hammered two fours and a six against Bishnoi.

The Titans required 29 off the last three overs. Miller smacked a maximum straight down the ground but was caught inside the circle.

Abhinav Sadarangani, who was the next man in, smacked three valuable fours, with eleven required off the final over. Tewatia wrapped up the chase with a four towards the off-side and the Titans won the game with 2 balls to spare.  

Brief Scores: 

Lucknow Super Giants: 158/6 (Deepak Hooda 55, Ayush Badoni 54; Mohammed Shami 3-25) 

Gujarat Titans: 161/5 (Rahul Tewatia 40*, Hardik Pandya 33; Dushmantha Chameera 2-22) 

(Agencies)